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2011 Archive:
 Paranormal Peeps and Holiday Traditions
December 29, 2011

Littlest Mummy (A Christmas Story) By Richard Senate
December 21, 2011

Wartime UFOs with Mack Maloney
December 20, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) with Mike Markowicz
December 13, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Ghostly Lowdown on American Horror Story By Deonna Kelli Sayed
December 7, 2011

The Curse of H.H. Holmes with Jeff Mudgett
November 29, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Paranormal Roundtable with David Rountree and Paul Browning By Deonna Kelli Sayed
November 17, 2011

Legends Are Born in October By Christopher Balzano
October 17, 2011

Halloween Nation with Lesley Pratt Bannatyne
October 11, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

The Haunting of Major Graham Mansion by Deonna Kelli Sayed
October 5, 2011

The Hunt for Ohio's River Styx Ghost Train by Ken Summers
September 29, 2011

Evidence of Ancient Aliens with Peter Robbins
September 27, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Southern New England Haunts with Andrew Lake
September 20, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Pop Paranormal Culture and Middle Eastern Legends with Deonna Kelli Sayed
September 13, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Legend Tripping with AdventureMyths by Deonna Kelli Sayed
September 12, 2011

Out of Place in Time and Space with Lamont Wood
September 6, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

TAPS Academy Comes to Town by Deonna Kelli Sayed
September 1, 2011

The Amityville House with Christopher Quaratino (Lutz)
August 30, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Springfield, Missouri’s 150th by Debra Prosser
August 26, 2011

Column - regular feature

Paranormal Pastoring by Rev. Sherrie James
August 22, 2011

Live-ish From the Haunted Fearing Tavern
August 16, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

In Defense of Paranormal Reality TV by Deonna Kelli Sayed
August 8, 2011

Gone From Sight by Debra Prosser
August 3, 2011

Column - regular feature

The Psychology of Being Watched By Wayne Harris-Wyrick
August 2, 2011

The Paranormal Pastor Robin Swope
July 26, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Living Voices: Dr. Dave Oester By Deonna Kelli Sayed
July 20, 2011

Living Voices: Richard Senate By Bobby Garcia
July 13, 2011

What's in a Name? Let's Try "Paranormalogy!" By Rev. Sherrie James
July 6, 2011

Caged and Staged by Katie Mullaly
June 23, 2011

The Haunted Dibbuk Box with Jason Haxton
June 14, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Spring of Culture at Ghostvillage - Ghost Hunter's Grant Wilson
June 13, 2011

The Haunted Book by Lee Prosser
June 10, 2011

Column - regular feature

Raymond Cass - EVP Pioneer by Bobby Garcia
June 9, 2011

Illinois Haunts with Michael Kleen
June 7, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Spring of Culture at Ghostvillage - Artist Paulina Cassidy
June 2, 2011

Alien/Human Hybrids with Barbara Lamb
May 31, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Spring of Culture at Ghostvillage - Author Marley Harbuck Gibson
May 26, 2011

Biblical Apocalypse Prophecies with Dr. Robert M. Price
May 24, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

America's Strangest House by Deonna Kelli Sayed
May 23, 2011

Two-Year Anniversary Special
May 17, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Spring of Culture at Ghostvillage - Artist Jackie Williams
May 13, 2011

Wiliford by Lee Prosser
May 12, 2011

Column - regular feature

The Spirit Box with Psychic Chris Fleming
May 10, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Violating the 13th Amendment Paranormal Style by Reverend Sherrie James
May 6, 2011

Inside the Church of Satan with Joshua P. Warren
May 3, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Spring of Culture at Ghostvillage - Terri J. Garofalo, creator of Entities-R-Us
April 28, 2011

Haunted San Francisco with Loyd Auerbach
April 26, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Future Predictions with Dr. Louis Turi
April 12, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Spring of Culture at Ghostvillage - H.C. Noel, Creator of Tara Normal
April 7, 2011

Pennsylvania Bigfoot with Eric Altman
April 5, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Spontaneous Human Combustion with Larry Arnold
March 29, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Japanese Earthquake Ghosts, 2011 by Lee Prosser
March 28, 2011

Column - regular feature

UFOs with Stanton Friedman
February 8, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Ophiuchus with Astrologer Christopher Renstrom
February 1, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Crashing the Ghost Adventures Shoot
January 11, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Marjorie Myrene Hart by Lee Prosser
January 3, 2011

Column - regular feature

October 5, 2011

The Haunting of Major Graham Mansion

By Deonna Kelli Sayed

Ghostvillage has always provided insightful information on haunted sites. In fact, Ghostvillage vaults are so rich with spooky lore that Jeff Belanger wrote a best selling book from the archives, and the new edition of The World's Most Haunted Places: From the Secret Files of is out now!

While Ghostvillage continues to offer readers information on personal encounters and ghost related topics, many paranormal teams around the US (and the world) are discovering awesome new haunts.

Ghostvillage will share insights about these newly emerging spooky sites. One does not have to believe in ghosts to appreciate how public paranormal interest can benefit a historic location. After all, these places and their spirit inhabitants are the real "paracelebrities!"

Major Graham
In the hills outside about 20 miles east of Radford, Virginia, there is a gravel road that travels deep into the woods. The road crosses rolling streams, a quaint abandoned mill, and a deer-filled forest. One turns around the bend to find a stately home at a place called Cedar Run. Major Graham Mansion, and the large estate that includes a remarkably well-preserved slave quarters, two spring houses and a barn, strikes a commanding presence.

And, according to paranormal investigation teams like Virgina Paranormal Society(VPS), the site is paranormally active.

They were the first team to investigate Major Graham, and few know the site as well as VPS.

Major Graham Mansion has a complex history of gothic Southern, Civil War proportions. Squire David Graham, an Irish immigrant, purchased the land in the early 1800s. The location had bewitched history even at that time. Slaves allegedly murdered the previous owner on the site in the late 1700s, and in turn, they were hanged on the property.

Squire David built Major Graham Mansion and moved his wife, Martha Bell, into the home. The marriage was not considered to be a good one. Research suggests that Squire David may have hit the bottle too hard and that his wife suffered from depression.

Their first born son, Major David Graham, the home's namesake, was born in the house in 1838. He lived in the house his entire life and served as a Lieutenant in the Civil War. The attic floor of the house includes what is called the "Confederate Room" with a secret panel that some believe was used to conduct military meetings during the war years. It is quite a contrast to the basement of the home, which includes a shackle room thought to have harbored disobedient slaves. There is an upstairs classroom where Major Graham's daughter taught local children during the Civil War, and this room is considered to be one of the more active spots in the home.

The mansion passed hands to other colorful personalities, including a Reid Fulton who enjoyed walking around nude. This law professor owned Major Graham from the 1940s until the late 1970s. The home was listed in the National Registry of Historic Places in 1984.

The current owner has made many restorative efforts and launched "Graham's Fest," a local music festival, scheduled to reappear in 2012. There are other public events planned for this sprawling property, which now includes an outdoor stage. Major Graham also offers paranormal-themed happenings and enjoys sharing their spirited history.

For sure, there is some real spooky stuff going down.

Things That Go Bump and Hum in the Night

Nick Ferra, founder of VPS, remembers how Major Graham first came to his attention.

An employee at worked told him about his own experiences on the property. He drove up to the property and met the owner. After some time, that first investigation was granted.

"Our first investigation of the mansion seemed very quiet as we spent around twelve hours in this location recording audio and video in hopes of finding evidence to the claims we had heard about," Nick recalls. "The next day when we started to review all the footage from the investigation we were absolutely stunned at what we had on audio. We caught a little girls voice on audio asking a question 'What's your name?' Ever since our first investigation in October 2007, we have collected more potential EVP and have had numerous experiences."

He shares one of his favorite personal experiences at Major Graham. "I was in the classroom on the second floor. I had heard something strange outside the room. So I looked towards to the doorway and within a few seconds, I saw a shadow of a person - the head and shoulders -- peak into the room and then back out. I immediately had chills and as I went to check things out. I noticed no one was outside of the room. I contacted our base unit and they advised me that no one else was on the second floor with us."

He wonders, "Was it a spirit? I don't know but I couldn't figure out what it was after numerous attempts to recreate it. That is just one of many experiences we have had. We have had our hair pulled, our pants and shirts tugged at, we've heard whispers and conversations in other rooms, and we've even been touched."

I investigated this site in April 2011 with Nick and some VPS members. The ground's massive size is impressive as well as its preservation. The two-story slave quarters still stands along with their washing house. A spring house, one large and one small, dot the property as well as the barn. Most of the property, barn included, has yielded EVP and a slew of personal experiences.

Evidence collected on site includes a vast array of personal experiences and EVP. We captured an intriguing EVP in the Music Room during our investigation. This particular room has a piano thought to be original to the home. I briefly sang the old traditional hymn, Amazing Grace, and stopped mid-verse. This is a technique I sometimes use to see if something will "finish" the tune.

Upon review, we recovered woman's voice going, da da daa da. Another team of investigators, located upstairs, confirmed they were not the source. It seems something was, indeed, singing with me.

Haunted South TV recently completed a documentary investigation at Major Graham. John Edwards, Hauted South's lead investigator, says that the team collected over 300 EVP over the course of four investigations at the mansion. They feel over forty are Class A in quality. Edwards sugests that he has documented part of the Major Graham's complex history. "I was able to piece together a rather compelling story," he elaborates. "Whether it was the one of who we believe to be Martha Graham in the basement saying 'Can You Please Tell Gracie...I Need Her,' or the sound of little girl whispering 'hide'...the story only starts there." He feels they have captured evidence that one of the Graham men still "rule over the house with an iron fist."

"We also have what is possibly one of the creepiest things I have ever seen featured on our documentary," John continues. "Stacey, my wife and co-lead investigator, did a solo session in "Clara's Closet" with a IR night vision camera and a special high gain microphone. Stacey asks a basic early EVP question with 'Is there anyone in here with me?' to which we get an immediate class A response of a smooth talking, deep voiced male spirit who says 'I'm in here with you!' It has to be seen to be truly appreciated."

Check it Out!

There are many ways to enjoy this unique property. Major Graham hosts several paranormal-themed seasonal activities through November with Ghost and History Tours. The location also features Spooky Woods, a haunted barn attraction. Paranormal groups can also investigate the location, up to 20 people, for a fee. The investigations are managed by the property.

Visit here for more info about visiting or investigation Major Graham. Tell them sent you!

Deonna Kelli Sayed is editor and author the the book, Paranormal Obsession: America's Fascination with Ghosts & Hauntings, Spooks & Spirits. To learn more about Deonna, visit her website and join her official Facebook page.

2014 Haunted New England Wall Calendar by Jeff Belanger photography by Frank Grace
Check out the 2014 Haunted New England wall calendar by Jeff Belanger and photography by Frank Grace!

Paranormal Conferences and Lectures
Don't miss the following events and lectures:

Jeff Belanger and “The Bridgewater Triangle” at Dedham Community Theatre - April 6, 2014 9:00PM

The Spirits of the Mark Twain House - Hartford, Connecticut - April 12, 2014

Paracon Australia - East Maitland, New South Wales, Australia - May 10-12, 2014